Four members of the Tyrone club’s starting side and a further four substitutes have been handed suspensions, but it is unclear whether the club will appeal all eight suspensions. However, it is understood the club have enlisted the services of Stewartstown solicitor and former Tyrone senior footballer, Fergal Logan, who was on the Red Hands team that lost the 1995 All-Ireland final against Dublin.
Derrytresk face a race against time in an effort to get suspensions cleared before their February 12 showdown in Croke Park, as the loss of so many players would severely weaken what is already a small panel available to joint managers Paul Canavan and Paul Hughes.
Meanwhile Graham Canty will start his first league game for Cork since April 2010 in Sunday’s trip to the Morgan Athletic Grounds to face Armagh, after being named at centre-back in the team for the Division 1 clash by boss Conor Counihan last night.
The side contains eight survivors from the team that claimed McGrath Cup honours last Sunday against Tipperary with Eoin Cadogan and Donncha O’Connor making their 2012 seasonal bows at left corner-back and full-forward respectively. Patrick Kelly and Colm O’Neill have overcome injury worries to start in attack while Conor O’Driscoll, wing-back last Sunday, is now named at wing-forward.
Opponents Armagh, who are without their Crossmaglen Rangers contingent, have included new faces in their starting side like goalkeeper Niall Geoghan, midfielder John Kingham, and corner-forwards Paul Carville and Eugene McVerry.
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte has made just two changes to the starting team that lined out in the Dr McKenna Cup final last Saturday for tomorrow night’s Division 2 clash with Kildare in Croke Park. Joe McMahon takes over in midfield due to Colm Cavanagh’s rib injury while Pascal McConnell replaces John Devine in goal in the usual rotation of goalkeepers.
Ryan McMenamin is available for selection and returns to the bench for the first time since the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin last year.
Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has named the starting side that defeated Dublin in the O’Byrne Cup semi-final last month. Left corner-back Damien Quaide and right half-forward Darragh Treacy have both been handed league debuts when named in the Limerick side for their Division 4 trip to face Leitrim on Sunday. The team captained by Ger Collins welcomes back experienced figures like midfielder Stephen Lucey and corner-forward Ian Ryan after they missed the McGrath Cup.
New manager Alan Mulholland has 10 of the U21 All-Ireland winning squad he guided to victory last year for the trip to Celtic Park to face Derry in Division 2 on Sunday. Goalkeeper Manus Breathnach from An Spidéal is handed his league debut ahead of Adrian Faherty, while corner-back Keith Kelly also gets his first start. Fiontain Ó Curraoin and Tomas Flynn reprise their successful U21 midfield partnership from last year.
CORK (SF v Armagh): K O’Halloran; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; N O’Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; A O’Connor, P O’Neill; F Goold, P Kelly, C O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan.
ARMAGH (SF v Cork): N Geoghan; A Mallon, B Donaghy, D McKenna; P Duffy, C McKeever, F Moriarty; C Vernon, J Kingham; C Watters, K Dyas, A Duffy; P Carville, M Mackin, E McVerry. Subs: P McEvoy, A Forker, D Lavery, M Shields, BJ Padden, B Mallon, J Lavery, R Rafferty, S Campbell, M Stevenson, C Rafferty.
TYRONE (SF v Kildare): P McConnell; A McCrory, Justin McMahon, PJ Quinn; C McCarron, P Harte, D Carlin; M Murphy, Joe McMahon; Matthew Donnelly, P Hughes, M Penrose; O Mulligan, Mark Donnelly, Stephen O’Neill. Subs: J Devine, A Cassidy, C Clarke, K Coney, C Gervin, J Lafferty, D McCaul, N McKenna, R McMenamin, R McNabb, Sean O’Neill.
KILDARE (SF v Tyrone): S Connolly; P Kelly, C Fitzpatrick, O Lyons; B Flanagan, T O’Neill, E O’Flaherty; D Flynn, R Sweeney; T Moolick, M Conway, P O’Neill; J Kavanagh, T O’Connor, A Smith.
LIMERICK (SF v Leitrim): B Scanlon; D Quaide, J McCarthy, L O’Dwyer; J Riordan, B Fitzpatrick, P Ranahan; S Buckley, S Lucey; D Treacy, E O’Connor, J Cooke; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan.
KERRY (SH v Cork): B Rochford; R Horgan, T Murnane, J Godley; P Costello, M Lynch, L Boyle; D Dineen, J Griffin; S Brick, D O’Connell, J Egan; S Nolan, A Boyle, M Boyle. Subs: JB O’Halloran, J Fitzgerald, C Harris, A Fealy, J Casey, C Lynch, D Wallace, PJ Connolly, A Royle.
GALWAY (SF v Derry): M Breathnach; C Forde, F Hanley, K Kelly; G Bradshaw, J Duane, G O’Donnell; T Flynn, F Ó Curraoin; J Ryan, P Conroy, M Hehir; M Martin, C Bane, D Cummins. Subs: A Faherty, K McGrath, G Sice, D Blake, T Fahy, B Cullinane, J Bergin, C Kenny, N Joyce, JJ Greaney, S Maughan.